Help on an authentic farm with horses, clearing land and general farm tasks, Otavalo, Ecuador



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  • Description


    Not a single case of Covid 19 in our farm. The farm is devoted to milk production As a hobby we do horse back riding, cross country, jumping and dressage. So we started breeding horses. About 400 hectares (1000 acres with mountains a valley a small river and two small lakes). We love yoga.

    The farm breeds and produces young stock, mainly horses for competition.

    We also stand stallions at stud. Our farm is known for it's friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We need volunteers who are very confident around young horses of several breeds and ages. There will be opportunities to ride and learn natural horsemanship from us. We would prefer somebody who is looking to stay for a couple of months. Understanding horses is extremely important for us. However, our farm is dedicated to milk production so other tasks to help are available as ell if you are not a horse fan or if you feel that your expertise is not enough.

    We love the countryside, We don't like heavy drugs, enjoy social drinks, we love sports, we love yoga. Like easygoing people.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learning some Spanish, learning how is life like in the countryside, learning how to handle horses in liberty. mating, taking care of foals. Horseback riding, one guided visit to lake Cui-Cocha (for truly experienced riders only) tipos appreciated, learning about milk production, cultural exchange with locals, understanding 100% Indian families, etc.

  • Help


    Volunteer work may consist mainly in training, handling and riding horses, helping feeding the animals, clearing forests (with machete), taking care of horses, cattle, harvest and general farm work. Since we grow sport horses, volunteers must have skills for this sport. We offer the opportunity to stay in an authentic farm in the country side of about 400 hectares (1000 acres) with mountains small river, small lakes and valley.

    Notwithstanding that it is only 20 minutes form the city it is countryside and the views are wonderful. Visitors may see and experience milk production, horseback riding, trekking, agricultural work. Honey production, trout production and fishing (very basic).

    Owner is not always present. a minimum stay of four weeks is desired but may consider a shorter stay for experienced horse riders. Basic Spanish is required.

    A beautiful lodge with basic facilities and a decent bathroom is offered. People who like horses may see and experience the way we handle horses, domestication, nursing, mating, etc. Cattle management and milking, artificial insemination, breeding. trekking, yoga, agriculture.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    In our area you could learn very basic native dialect (quechua). And of course Spanish in the day to day life.

  • Accommodation


    Basic facilities, clean and charming. Internet. The views are wonderful. Clothes shall be washed by hands. Food for lunch is not provided, we providea milk and other products that the farm may produce and have in stock. Basik food fot breakfast and dinner is responsibility of volunteer, however we will provide eggs, some fresh fruit honey and bread from time to time. We offer fresh honey and milk (form the farm) more food shall be obtained by the volunteers. We have spring water, some visitors drink it directly but we strongly suggest boiling it first.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Basic work of at least five hours a day is required (we are flexible) , then volunteers may visit Otavalo and surroundings in the Provinces of Imbabura such as Cuicocha, Ibarra, San Pablo, Iluman, Cotacachi, etc. Our place is near Cotacachi volcano and the views are just spectacular. Horseback riding, one guided visit to lake Cui-Cocha, about 5 hours, (for truly experienced riders only and it is paid because we have to go out of the farm). A minimum tip of 25 dollars per person is expected by the guide.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Host ref number: 117528944286